San Jose State accepts invitation to CBI

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San Jose State accepts invitation to CBI

March 13, 2011SAN JOSE STATE PAGE

The San Jose State University men's basketball season continues.After advancing to the 2011 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament semifinal round for the first time, San Jose State accepted an invitation to participate in the fourth annual College Basketball Invitational (CBI) presented by Zebra Pen.In its first appearance in the College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen, San Jose State University will face Creighton University, Tuesday, March 15 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.Presently, the Spartans have a 17-15 win-loss record. The 17 wins are the most for San Jose State since 1981. The Spartans' last game was a 58-54 loss to Western Athletic Conference champion and 23rd-ranked Utah State in Associated Press poll on March 11."Playing in the CBI is another step forward for our basketball program. We had a successful season and are delighted to participate in post-season basketball," says San Jose State head coach George Nessman. "The CBI will be a fun experience for our players, coaches, fans and San Jose State University."San Jose State features All-WAC fifth-year senior guardsAdrian Oliver and Justin Graham. The 6-foot-4 Oliver is a two-time, first-team All-WAC player who is in the top-five in scoring for the second season in a row. Oliver, fourth in 2010, is third nationally in 2011 with his 24.3 points a game average. He holds or shares 13 school records. Graham, another 6-foot-4 senior, is a 2011 honorable mention All-WAC player and an All-WAC Defensive team selection. Graham is the school record holder for career assists and career steals and is averaging 14.3 points a game.San Jose State is making its first appearance in the CBI and a return to national post-season basketball for the first time since the 1996 NCAA Basketball Championship.San Jose State's first-round game, site, opponent and game-time in the 16-team CBI tournament is not yet determined. First-round games are scheduled for March 15 and 16. Quarterfinal and semifinal games take place March 21 and March 23, respectively. The championship series is a 2-out-of-3 format on March 28 and 30 with a final game on April 1, if necessary. HDNet will televise the semifinals and championship series."We're honored and flattered that the Gazelle Group invited San Jose State to participate in the CBI. Our thanks go to Rick Giles and Ray Cella of the Gazelle Group who heard our story about our breakthrough season and offered our basketball program a post-season experience we will remember for a long, long time," says San Jose State director of athleticsTom Bowen. The Gazelle Group, a national sports-marketing firm based in Princeton N.J., produces the CBI. During the college basketball season, the Gazelle Group produces nationally-recognized events such as the 2K Sports Classic, the CBE Classic, the Legends Classic and the All-American Championship.
Courtesy San Jose State media services

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are reportedly adding a fourth quarterback to their 90-man roster.

Nick Mullens a four-year starter at Southern Mississippi, agreed to terms with the 49ers after the conclusion of the Saturday’s NFL draft, he told the Hattiesburg American.

As a senior, Mullens completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,272 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Mullens joins a quarterback group that includes starter Brian Hoyer, backup Matt Barkley and third-round draft pick C.J. Beathard.

Other reported 49ers free-agent agreements include:

--RB Matt Breida, Georgia Southern: In three seasons at Georgia Southern, Breida rushed for 3,740 yards and 37 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards a carry. (Tampa Bay Times)

--OL Erik Magnuson, Michigan: Magnuson (6-6, 305) was a first-team All-Big Ten performer who started every game at right tackle. He announced on Twitter that he has agreed to terms with the 49ers.

--WR Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington: He caught 211 passes for 3,130 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. Bourne (6-1, 203) had his best season as a senior, with 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and seven touchdowns. Eastern Washington announced Bourne’s three-year contract.

--OT Darrell Williams Jr., Western Kentucky: Williams (6-5, 315) started 41 games. He played his final two seasons at right tackle after moving from right guard. Western Kentucky announced the contract agreement with the 49ers.

--WR KD Cannon, Baylor: Cannon caught 195 passes for 3,113 and 27 touchdowns in his three-year career. He turned pro after a junior season in which he caught 87 passes for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns. He announced his contract agreement with the 49ers via Twitter.

--DB Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA): Jerome, a Senior Bowl invite, was named first-team FCS All-American. He intercepted six passes in 2016 with 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 11 pass break-ups. He added a touchdown on a kickoff return. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Livingston on Kerr: 'He’s our leader ... somebody that we count on'

Livingston on Kerr: 'He’s our leader ... somebody that we count on'

OAKLAND -- Though much has been said about the agonies and challenges facing Steve Kerr, including speculation about when, or if, he’ll return as head coach of the Warriors, little has been put into words that capture the significance of his absence.

This is perhaps because it can be difficult to explain how one man is able to influence a roster of supremely talented athletes, at the wealthiest point of life, with wildly divergent personalities, at different career stages.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, a man who knows perspective as well as anyone in the NBA, took a moment Saturday to cut through the palaver and pity to offer a clear and vivid illustration of Kerr’s value as a man and as a coach.

“It’s just his presence, his personality,” Livingston began. “His character, the way he fits in with us. He’s kind of the battery pack, in the sense that he makes everybody go. He keeps us all (in harmony), everybody from staff, training staff, coaching staff to the players.

“He bridges the gaps, in the sense of communication, and he makes it light.”

In short, Kerr’s value to the franchise is far greater than his duties as a coach. He has an easy, breezy charisma insofar as he’s so comfortable submerging his own ego while being remarkably good at making everyone matter.

Moreover, Kerr is decidedly inclusive, explicitly emphatically open to ideas. He’s an outreach specialist whose sensibilities are contagious.

All of which helps create a sprightly and genial workplace, something the Warriors sought when they hired Kerr to replace the swaggering and dogmatic Mark Jackson in May 2014.

“Every day it’s something new, in a sense, and that’s hard to do,” Livingston said. “We’re here for six to nine months for the past couple years, seeing the same faces. So it is kind of like a job. But (Kerr) makes it more like a game and tries to make sure we’re enjoying ourselves out there.”

Kerr wants to live his life and coach basketball around four basic tenets: joy, mindfulness, compassion and competition. Maintaining a balance of the four can be difficult, especially when Kerr is dealing with the searing pain that has him on the sideline for an indefinite period.

But Kerr never strays far. His players seem to see and, more important, feel that.

Draymond Green and Kerr, each volatile in his own way, don’t always see eye-to-eye. Yet Green on several occasions has noted that Kerr “always seems to find the right thing to say, at the right time.”

Veteran David West points out that anyone who spends any time around Kerr can sense his basic humanity. Veteran Andre Iguodala, one of the team’s co-captains, speaks of Kerr’s curiosity and desire to broaden his horizons.

Stephen Curry, the other co-captain, kept the ball from the Warriors’ Game 4 win over Portland last Monday night, punctuating a series sweep, and gave it to Kerr, who missed Games 3 and 4 while coping with this prolonged post-surgery pain.

Lead assistant Mike Brown, the acting head coach in Kerr’s absence, concedes he has benefited from being around Kerr and this team.

“The tone he sets is the best I’ve been around,” said Brown, who has been involved in the NBA since 1992. “This is a special, special situation, and he’s big reason why.”

So it’s not just Livingston who throwing rose petals at the boss. He just happened to convey in a few words the effect Kerr has on the team and within the building.

“He’s our leader,” Livingston said. “He’s somebody that we count on.”